This Week in Cold War History, Week 10

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March 5th, 1946

March 5th, 1946

Churchill coins the term "Iron Curtain" in his famous speech at Westminster College in Missouri, United States.

The Second World War ended almost 1 year prior and tension between the United States and Soviet Union is beginning to transpire.

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March 5th, 1953

March 5th, 1953

Exactly seven year after Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Chairman of the Council of Ministers, dies suddenly of a stroke.

Georgi Malenkov is subsequently named premier and first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union one day later.

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March 8th, 1982

March 8th, 1982

The United States accuses the Soviet Union of using poison gas against Mujahideen forces in Afghanistan.

The use of chemical weapons in wartime are considered a war crime.

 

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
— Winston Churchill